I obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology from Edge Hill University in 2004 and my Masters degree in developmental psychology from Lancaster University in 2006. I gained my PhD in developmental psychology from Lancaster University in 2010. My research uses a non-verbal (violation of expectation) paradigm and focuses on whether infants have a 'theory of mind' (i.e., that they are capable of inferring that other people have beliefs, desires, goal states, perspectives, etc that are different from their own). In my PhD I tested whether infant performance in the unexpected transfer task reflects an understanding of belief states across the second year. My findings provide support for a lower level developmental interpretation of this competence.
My main areas of expertise are in developmental and educational psychology, early childhood studies (and related disciplines) and quantitative research methods. I am published in the area of early social understanding. During 2014 I plan to obtain research funding in order to build on the outcomes from my doctoral research by further assessing early competences on false belief tasks. I also plan to generalise these methodologies into the area of behavioural economics in order to better to understand other areas of early social understanding such as the emergence of altruism.
My areas of lecturing at Liverpool Hope are in Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Studies (in the Network of Hope), and Learning in Early Childhood. I also supervise Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students in their research projects and contribute to the teaching of quantitative research methodology and statistical analysis to undergraduates.